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Diabetes: Managing Stress Levels

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

Preparing for the exams causes stress and anxiety for a lot of students, and it affects them differently. Each student deals with stress and anxiety in their own different ways. However, it is slightly different for diabetic patients. Diabetic patients deal with stress in a different way than those who are not diabetic. Stress can affect diabetic patients negatively causing an increase in the blood sugar levels which may affect the concentration levels and cause other various health problems. Some diabetic patients tend to snack while studying, which leads to a higher blood sugar level which affects the brain by harming the memory and ability of thinking and concentrating. On the other hand, some tend to avoid eating, which could lead to a drop in the blood sugar level (also known as hypos) and it causes headaches, feeling dizzy and it could possibly lead to fainting.

Since World Diabetes Day was on November 14th, this blog is dedicated to all the diabetic patients out there. Here are some tips to help you avoid getting a high sugar blood level while preparing for the exams:

Take your medications

You might think that I am stating the obvious because medication is important and diabetic patients are aware of that. However, it may surprise you that some diabetic patients tend to forget their medication, or sometimes skip taking it. Therefore, it is important to keep track of what medicine should be taken to avoid getting a high blood sugar level that can affect the concentration levels and impact the overall studying process negatively.

Prepare your meals ahead of time

To prevent snacking on unhealthy food and eating stuff that is filled with sugar while studying, prepare healthy meals ahead of time in order to help you avoid getting a high blood sugar level from eating unhealthy, sugary food.

As mentioned previously, stress can cause problems for diabetic patients, so here are some tips to help you manage your stress levels:

Try meditation

It has always been proven that meditation helps humans destress and relax for a bit. Also, not only does meditation help in decreasing stress levels, but it also helps clear the mind from any negative thoughts that could be the source of stress. So, meditating for 10 minutes per day can help in decreasing stress levels, which as a result helps diabetic patients prevent any health problems from occurring such as a rise in blood sugar levels, an increase in blood pressure and heart rate.

Find time to exercise

Setting aside some time for exercising not only helps in reducing stress levels and feeling more relaxed, but it is also medically advised for diabetic patients to exercise every now and then as it is important for staying healthy and preventing any further health problems.

To conclude, diabetic patients may go through a hard time while preparing for their exams, but hey! You have reached this far because you are doing amazing. Keep up the great work and stay strong, you got this!

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